I've thought of Mrs. Norris differently...
Posted by Lisa S. on June 05, 1998 at 11:32:21:
In response to yes, written by Bonny on June 04, 1998 at 06:17:19
For me, I was struck most with the fact that she works hard to give the appearance of being good, when she has no intent of living up to the ideals she presents to the world. With bringing Fanny to MP, for example...Mrs. Norris wanted to be viewed as one so charitable, so concerned about the welfare of her neice and of her poor sister's entire family. She made it seem as though bringing Fanny was not only her idea, it was her project, her responsibility. But she worked consistently to keep from shouldering any of the responsibility or the expense for Fanny's upbringing.
Viewed in this light, her economizing was never about being thrifty, saving for her sisters' families, helping others...it was prompted by greed, plain and simple. But she carefully crafted comments and explanations on purpose to give others the impression that her motives were good.
Am I just really way off base?
- of course not! Bonny 06:46:07 6/07/98 (0)
- Principles and appearances again? Constanza 14:51:53 6/05/98 (0)
- Very close to base! Appearance & Intent don't match :-) nfm Lea 12:12:10 6/05/98 (0)
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